Katy Perry Collection with OPI with Black Shatter - Swatches, Photos and Review

Katy Perry Collection minis.
Katy Perry Collection for OPI.

Being a relatively new California Gurl, I don't have the affinity to Katy Perry as maybe some do.  But I do respect that she is a nail lover.  If you follower her on Twitter, it's not unusual to see her tweet photos of her manis.  So I know when OPI announced a collaboration with Katy Perry, I knew that it wouldn't just a celebrity name slapped on some bottles.

The collection consists of four new limited edition shades accompanied with OPI's Black Shatter.    Black Shatter is a new formula of shattering nail polish that you apply over 2 coats of your favorite nail color to create a smashed effect.  The result is an edgy, very different look that would please any nail fan.

The One That Got Away - a vibrant fleckled glass raspberry shade.
The One That Got Away with Black Shatter (no top coat).
Teenage Dream - pale pink with multicolored, multi-sized glitter.
Teenage Dream with Black Shatter.
Last Friday Night - a pale blue sheer glitter with multicolored and different size glitter particles.  Works best over another base color.
Last Friday Night with Black Shatter.
Not Like The Movies - a lavender pink, green duochrome foil metallic.
Not Like The Movies

Now, if you haven't found this collection already, it's been hard to come by.  These colors sold out quickly at etailers like TransDesign.com.  My local beauty supply store said that their order was backordered (this was weeks ago).  

Even though I'm iffy about Katy Perry as a singer, as a nail enthusiast, I give her two big and polished thumbs up!  This collection is has fun and pretty colors to get excited about! 

Happy New Year - 2011 Will Rock - A Look Back at 2010

Peace, Love, Beauty in 2011!

Happy New Year everyone!  Hope everyone's NYE was safe, happy and  most of all FUN!  We have a lot of high hopes for 2011. 

Not to dwell on the past, but we had to mention some of our favorite things from last year.  We are looking forward to all the exciting things in the world of beauty that 2011 has to offer.  We wish everyone the best this year.  Thank you so much for helping Beautyburg get off the ground in 2010, and we know that this is just the beginning of a really exciting future.  Beautyburg's New Year's Resolution is to try to be the best blog it can be!

So... Let's just revisit some of our favorite things from 2010.

These are in no particular order, and some products shown were not launched in 2010 but new to us that year.  For more detail click on the appropriate links to the reviews.

MAC Venomous Villains

E.L.F. HD Powder

OPI Shrek Collection - Fiercely Fiona on the right

Burberry - the makeup line

What were your favorite beauty items of 2010?  What are you looking forward to in 2011?  Do you have any beauty resolutions for 2011?

OPI Ulta Exclusives Holi-Daze Collection - Gift of Gold and Plum Full of Cheer

 Gift of Gold
Happy New Year's Eve everyone!  As the year is coming to end, let's take a look at one of the last holiday collections from this year.

Here are two of the OPI Ulta Exclusives from the Holi-Daze Collection.  I missed out on the third color, as it was sold out, but these two were the ones I was more interested in anyway!  Hehe :)

Gift of Gold is a soft candlelit gold glitter spotted with tiny red micro glitter.  This isn't as Thanksgiving as FingerPaints' gold and red glitter offering Holly Good Time.  The vast majority of glitter is gold with a tiny, little droplet of red.

Plum Full of Cheer

Plum Full of Cheer is a blue red purple with gold shimmer.  It's a little more red/blue than other purples I own, and I think it looks gorgeous on the nail.  If you have an Ulta near you, I would definitely recommend checking them out.

A bottle shot, and a better look at the gold shimmer. 
The gold in this shade gives this color more depth.  Very pretty, not just for holiday. 

OPI Holi-Daze Colleciton is exclusive to Ulta and available in stores.

Do you have NYE plans?  What were some of your favorite OPI's for 2010?  Have a safe and festive New  Year!

OPI Burlesque Part 3 - Collection Summary - Don't Judge a Polish from Its Bottle....

Rising Star

Originally, I wasn't going to review the entire collection since I purchase all the polishes myself.  But as I began swatching and seeing more swatches posted on other blogs, I really wanted to do a comprehensive review.  Rising Star was a polish that I had passed on initially.  Something about this orange gold seemed unappealing to me from the bottle.  However, when I finally got around doing a mani with it, I thought it was so absolutely flattering.  I could see this antique gold color looking great on a lot of warmer based skintones.

Take The Stage 

Take The Stage was another polish that I initially wasn't drawn to at all.  I would like to think that I'm not afraid of color.  I love blue, green, purple, pink, red, anything weird and duochrome-y, but something about this yam color was really off-putting to me from the bottle.... and I was actually really afraid to to try it!  In my mind, I insisted that it would be ugly, but I'm happy to report that I was just plain wrong wrong wrong.  I was too quick to decide that I hated it without even trying it.  Look at how luminous and lovely it is!  I actually really liked this so much more than Let Me Entertain You, which I loved from the bottle and still like on the nail.  Take The Stage is so different from anything that I own.  I want to apologize to this beautiful polish for judging it by the bottle! :P  Do you have any nail color prejudices?

Teasy Does It
A yummy chocolate cherry with red and golden shimmer.  This looked so blah in the bottle, but I loved it on.  If the Burlesque collection is a little too glitz for you, Teasy Does It is an easy way to be glam without being too bling.  I would even wear this in a conservative office.

Teasy Does It!  Pretty isn't it?

For the rest of collection, find these links:
The Show Must Go On! vs MAC's Bad Fairy - /www.beautyburg.com/autyburg.com/2010/10/opi-show-must-go-on-from-burlesque-vs.html
Ali's Big Break & Let Me Entertain You - /www.beautyburg.com/autyburg.com/2010/11/opi-burlesque-part-1-alis-big-break-and.html
The Glitters in Pairings - http://www.beautyburg.com/2010/11/opi-burlesque-part-2-glitters-4.html

It was hard to come up with a shortlist for this collection, as I really liked everything!, but here are my favorites:
- Ali's Big Break
- Teasy Does It
- Sparkle-licious
- Take The Stage

Which were your favorites?  Do you ever have nail polish prejudice?

OPI Burlesque - Part 2 - Glitters! 4 Application Styles and Color Pairings

Happy Thanksgiving everyone in the US!  On a personal note, this is the first year in many where we aren't hosting T-Day.  I am missing the smells, the prep and the food.  One tradition that we will probably be keeping this year though is the Thanksgiving Day movie.  No decisions yet on what we are going to see, but I thought I would take today to go over the glitters from OPI's Holiday Collection Burlesque, polishes inspired by the movie starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.

I reviewed a few polishes from this collection earlier, but here are all the glitters from the collection together.  The glitters weren't created to correspond with other colors in the collection, so I thought I would "style" them with other shades in my collection.  I also decided to show the glitters in 4 applications:

All Polishes Are Applied As Follows:
Index: 2 coats base + 2 coats glitter
Middle: 3 coats glitter
Ring: 2 coats base + 1 coat glitter
Pinkie: 1 coat glitter

Simmer & Shimmer with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in  Gray by Gray

Simmer & Shimmer is contains a majority of bright sapphire blue mixed with yellow, pink, silver.

Simmer & Shimmer

Show It and Glow It! with OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender.

 Show It and Glow It! with OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender.

Show It and Glow It! - a bright violet glitter with some silver, blue, pink particles.
This combination is so pretty and girly!  I love it.
Sparkle-licious with OPI Funky Donkey from the Shrek Collection.
Many of these glitters look really cute with Shrek colors!

Are you a Viking or Lakers fan?  Are you going to Mardi Gras?  You need this polish.
 Sparkle-licious is a mix of gold, violet and blue glitters.

Bring on the Bling with Fiercely Fiona.
This is one of my favorite combos!

Bring on the Bling - Warm gold with particles of silver, pink, green, blue.  

I love this combination.  I would wear this pairing in the application style that's shown on the ring finger.  I love how it makes Fiercely Fiona so much more festive.

Another Shrek combination!
Glow Up Already! with OPI Who the Shrek Are You?
Glow Up Already! - A bright gold mixed with particles of red, blue, yellow and silver glitter.
Click on any photo to enlarge.

Glow Up Already! 

Extra-va-vaganza! with The Show Must Go On!
This is the only one that I paired with another Burlesque polish.  These two seemed to compliment each other without overpowering one another.

Extra-va-vaganza! with The Show Must Go On!

Extra-va-vaganza! with The Show Must Go On!
Strawberry Shortcake went to Vegas.
Overall, this collection is just plain fun.  As shown, they are great for spicing up other colors, or for a really blingbling look you can wear them alone.  The glitter density allows for 3 coats for a completely covered nail.  I'm not sure if Burlesque will make the cut to be our T-Day movie this year, but Burlesque polishes I will definitely be wearing this season.

What are you doing for Thanksgiving?  Do you and your family have any traditions?  Anyone going to see a movie?? or Burlesque?

Will You Merry Me? Sephora by OPI Merry Me for Holiday 2010

Sephora by OPI's Merry Me

I say, "I do" to Sephora by OPI's Merry Me. Merry Me is a pretty jelly cranberry red base with red, pink and silver glitter. The effect is like glittered vinyl. This color is limited edition and is available now at Sephora for $9. Remember today is the last day of Friend and Family, so use code FF2010 for 20% online.

3 coats with 2 coats of Seche Vite.
Application wasn't too bumpy or gritty.

Photo in shade.
You can get a better sense of the glass-like effect.

Love the color in the bottle too.
See the silver glitter?

Would you wear this shade for the holidays? Maybe even after?
If you haven't tried Sephora by OPI and would like to, enter my giveaway for 18 minis!

OPI Burlesque - Part 1 - Ali's Big Break and Let Me Entertain You

Ali's Big Break

Here are two colors from OPI's Winter/Holiday 2010 collection Burlesque, nail polishes inspired by the movie starring Cher and Christina Aguilera.

Ali's Big Break is a fleckled glass cool red with bits of pink, red, gold irregular shimmer. Very hard to photograph!! Undeniably beautiful. I did not want to take this off. Very festive for holiday.

Ali's Big Break

Ali's Big Break
You can see the tiny flecks of shimmer.

Let Me Entertain You is a bright fuchsia pink with tons of magenta, pink, silver sparkle and shimmer. Definitely a color to be noticed.

Let Me Entertain You

Let Me Entertain You

Let Me Entertain You

The Show Must Go On! Sorry this isn't a proper swatch, but I wanted to repost its side by side comparison to MAC's Bad Fairy from Venous Villains. I will do a proper full hand swatch soon.

Bad Fairy vs. The Show Must Go On!
For more photos see this post.

I love this collection. There are fun, attention-getting colors that make you stare at your hands all day long. Next I will posting about the glitters. I purchased my bottles from TransDesign.

What do you think of these colors?

Sephora by OPI Giveaway! 18 Adorable Minis! - CLOSED!

Another giveaway? Yes, why not?! When I first saw this set on Sephora, I had to post right away. I wasn't the only one to get excited about this set, so I thought it would be a great item for a giveaway.

If you haven't had a chance to try many Sephora by OPI (or $OPI as this brand is often referred as), this set seems like a great way to try a lot of different shades and finishes. Retail is $48. The main complaint about this brand is the high price tag ($9 per bottle), and unfortunately, this set isn't really cheap either. But $48 for 18 shades seems like less of a pill to swallow. And if you enter this giveaway, it could be yours for free!

The colors close up.

How to enter?

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This giveaway will end November 25th, 11:59pm PST. Open to international and domestic friends! Retail value is $48.

Good Luck!

OPI The Show Must Go On! from Burlesque vs. MAC Bad Fairy from Venomous Villains

**The following manicure has been approved by a 5 year old girl that approached me at the yogurt shop to tell me she "loved my nails."** :)

Here is a side by side comparison of MAC's Bad Fairy and OPI's The Show Must Go On! Both are in the family of red/pink super duochrome shimmer foil, but as you can see, they are pretty different and not really dupes (imo).

MAC Bad Fairy (Index, Middle) and OPI The Show Must Go On! (Ring, Pinkie)

MAC Bad Fairy (Index, Middle) and OPI The Show Must Go On! (Ring, Pinkie)

MAC Bad Fairy (Index, Middle) and OPI The Show Must Go On! (Ring, Pinkie
Please excuse the tippage!

The bottles side by side.

Bad Fairy has more of a rust quality in the bottle, but it translates on the nail as a dusty copper rose with magenta. The Show Must Go On! is more of a bright raspberry with fuchsia shimmer/duochrome. I think that they are definitely different enough to have both.

I purchased The Show Must Go On! from TransDesign and Bad Fairy from the MAC site. If you missed out on Bad Fairy, enter my giveaway! Click here to enter.

Thanks for looking!

OPI Unripened vs. Sinful Colors What's Your Name

OPI Unripened from their Halloween collection for 2010 is an inky black blue with sapphire, turquoise and purple shimmer. It is available in full size bottles as well as in the Go Goth set of minis, but I haven't seen many full size bottles in stores or at e-tailers. So... if you thought that Unripened was the best out of the mini set (which I do) and are having a hard time fining a full size, here is a a good alternative for you.

Sinful Colors What's Your Name(#813) is almost an exact dupe. I think the OPI has a slightly nicer formula and coverage, but at $2, why not? OPI Unripened looks more shimmery and like it has more duochromes, especially in the bottle. But as I said in my review, Unripened doesn't translate on the nail as it looks in the bottle.

Sinful Colors What's Your Name is available at Cherry Culture .

OPI Unripened (left) vs. Sinful Colors What's Your Name (right)

OPI Unripened (left) vs. Sinful Colors What's Your Name (right)

OPI Unripened - Halloween 2010

OPI Unripened is part of their Halloween launch for 2010. It's an inky blue with sapphire, turquoise and purple sparkles. There is more dimension in the bottle vs. on the nail (the rainbow of shimmer doesn't really translate on the nail like in the bottle), but I find still find it very pretty. It's a lovely, more subtle alternative to all the major, multi-dimensional sparkles that have been popping up lately, (e.g. Orly Cosmic collection).

I purchased this from Transdesign as a large bottle (doesn't seem available now), but it is also a part of the Go Goth! set also distributed for Halloween this year.